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What a summer!

Bushfires, smoke, more bushfires, more smoke.

Packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking.

Rain, floods, more rain.

Finally getting on track a bit….

Pre-bushfire works, below, are in the summer exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral.

The Last Day of March 2019
acrylic and oil on canvas
91 x 91 cm
these 4 works are all oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm.

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland (6 March to 8 May).

Dirt Tree Rock Water
acrylic and oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm

These 3 works are part of the 20(2020) exhibition at TACIT Galleries in Collingwood, Melbourne which celebrates the Gallery’s 20th anniversary!

Artists who have shown with TACIT were invited to show up to 3 works each measuring 20 x 20 inches (52 x 52 cm). Should be interesting.

Here are my 3 works which have resulted by the summer we should not have had. My thoughts and therefore my work this year, since December, have been underscored by bush fires, evacuations, smoke and many friends’ losses, stresses and survival.

Apprehension, Uncertainty and Trepidation
mixed media and collage on canvases
50 x 50 cm each

The recent bush fire season and its ramifications keep creeping into my work at the moment:

Embers
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
A Summer on Edge
mixed media and collage
10 x 10 cm canvases

More …… Views from a Summer on Edge

Views of a Summer on Edge
Mixed media and collage
9 10 x 10 cm canvases

My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense. I don’t copy my subjects but interpret them. Sound, smell and touch play an important role.

Using collage and mixed media, I create rapidly at first, keeping up with my thoughts. Then I let the work rest for an hour, a day, a year or a decade, as if it needs an incubation period. I then re-see what has been created and finish the work.

“I work from memory of 10 minutes ago and 50 years ago”. (David Hockney)

That Day’s Fire Painting
acrylic, pastel, eggshells and collage on paper on canvas
36 x 28 cm
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November news

The Southern Highlands Arts Festival Art Trail 2019 was, once again, an invigorating event for me!

My studio was open (Studio number 11) where you could view my work space, my tools of trade and the results of my mental and physical toil, some of which was for sale at studio prices.

This year I am in de-clutter mode, as difficult as it is, and there were some extraordinarily low prices for never-exhibited, demo and past glory works.

Studio holding up well. The foliage has grown though.